Community Engaged Scholarship Forum & Partnerships of Distinction Awards

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Community Engaged Scholarship Forum & Partnerships of Distinction Awards

Since 2015, the Academically Based Community Engagement committee (ABCE) has organized an “Idea Exchange” co-sponsored by the Honors College, Community and Governmental Relations, The Elsie Hillman Civic Forum,  PittServes, The School of Social Work, The School of Education and Study Abroad. Now re-imagined as the Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, this day long learning opportunity will bring together faculty, staff, and student leaders for culture building discussions that support the Plan for Pitt’s strategic priorities of “Build Community Strength” and “Extend our Global Reach.” We will focus on specific programs, partnerships, and learning opportunities in order to build awareness of current University initiatives as well as envision an expanded academic and co-curricular engagement ecosystem at the University of Pittsburgh.

The new format of our day will allow for the eventual development of professional learning communities and ongoing networking opportunities for faculty and staff interested in community-based learning and research or outreach and engagement programming. This year, the first annual Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement’s Partnerships of Distinction Award will be presented. This award will recognize outstanding partnerships that are exemplars of community engagement at Pitt. Up to five awardees may be chosen and each award consists of a $2,000 grant to support partnership activities. This year, 15 of the partnerships that are nominated for the award will be listed as exemplar partnerships in the University’s application for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement..

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